General Studies (GS)

(Effective Fall 2019)

This major offers the equivalent of the first two years in a four-year bachelor of arts or bachelor of science major. The curriculum is flexible; students select courses based on the requirements of the four-year college to which they plan to transfer. (We recommend that students identify the college to which they plan to transfer as soon as possible.) A faculty adviser works with each student to design a course sequence that best meets the student's future plans.

Recommended High School Subjects

Students should complete a college-preparatory academic program including English literature and composition, mathematics (including at least algebra), social studies, science, and relevant electives.

Remediation Strategies

All entering students will complete placement exams to assess mathematics, reading and English competencies. Students are expected to complete any developmental course work as explained in the College Catalog (see http://www.pct.edu/catalog/PlacementTesting ).

Program Goals

Upon completion of the General Studies program, the student should have an academic background sufficient to transfer into a baccalaureate degree program and should be able to:
  • apply critical-thinking skills to reason logically and to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • explain the inter-relationships among various academic disciplines.
  • demonstrate appreciation for the social, cultural, and natural environments and for diverse cultural beliefs and behaviors.
  • use research skills in both preparation and presentation of written and oral projects.
  • write with the proficiency sufficient to pursue upper-level course work or meet entry-level professional requirements.
  • employ effective oral and written communication skills in a variety of academic, personal, and professional situations.
  • identify a focus for upper-level course work.

Curriculum

First Semester Credits
FYE101 First Year Experience 1  
ENL111 English Composition I 3  
MMM Math Elective (MTH151 or Higher) 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
SCI Science Elective 3  
CSC124 Information, Technology, and Society 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Second Semester Credits
ENL121 English Composition II 3  
MNS Math Elective (MTH153 or Higher) 3  
SPC101 Fundamentals of Speech 3  
or
SPC201 Interpersonal Communication 3  
or
SPC102 Fundamentals of Small Group Communication 3  
SSP Core Social Science Perspective 3  
SCL Science Elective with lab 4  
TOTAL CREDITS 16
Third Semester Credits
HIP Core Historical Perspective 3  
ARP Core Arts Perspective 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15
Fourth Semester Credits
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
OEE Exploration Electives 3  
CDP Core Global and Cultural Diversity Perspective 3  
OEA Open Elective 3  
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Most bachelor-degree programs require at least one history course. A World History I and/or II (HIS 116, HIS 126) will satisfy that requirement as well as the diversity requirement.

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